French electric car program

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The French government plans to spend EUR1.5 billion on creating a battery-charging network for electric vehicles as part of a broader state plan to encourage the development of clean vehicle technology and battery manufacturing.[1]

The government will legislation for:

  • mandatory installation of charging sockets in office parking lots by 2015
  • new apartment blocks with parking lots will have to include charging stations starting in 2012.

Expected purchases of electric vehicles include:

  • 50,000 electric vehicles through 2015 by public and private fleet operators
  • An additional 50,000 vehicles by pooling government purchasing.

The plan involves setting up a battery manufacturing factory at a Renault SA facility at Flins, west of Paris, at a cost of EUR625 million, of which EUR125 million will be contributed by the French state’s strategic investment fund.

The plant will have an annual production capacity of 100,000 batteries and will supply other French electric vehicle manufacturers, including PSA Peugeot-Citroen.

Peugeot-Citroen chief executive Philippe Varin said his company will have four small electric vehicles ready for sale in 2010, including two small city cars, one of which will be based on a vehicle that Peugeot-Citroen will be buying from its Japanese partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp, as well as small utility vehicles for both brands.

[edit] References

  1. FRANCE HOPES 2 MILLION ELECTRIC CARS ON ITS ROADS BY 2020, Bettina Padurano for CEOWORLD Magazine, October 1, 2009
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